|What a cutie-patootie holding up my quilt, photographed in Michigan somewhere!|
EEEP! as they say. I am so very pleased to announce that I have another quilt in Benartex's e-zine Modern By the Yard. And I can finally show you! It's in their latest edition which came out today, and is available for free download (no trees were killed; I LOVE LOVE that) by clicking on that link or on the front cover image below.
I had not come up with a cool name for the quilt, calling it Framed Star (yawn) while I was making the test one, and still didn't have any ideas when I was making the one with the oh-so-lovely Nancy Halvorsen fabric by Benartex, which is called 'Bree', after her granddaughter. I just love the name they came up with for my quilt.
Name they came up with... Hold the phone! The winner from the Meadow Dance blog hop! A fat quarter stack of those luscious fabrics goes to.....
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Okay back to the topic at hand.
This quilt has a story. I love love stories, always have, always will, both reading and telling. This particular one has several 'coincidences'.
In early July, Lisa Ruble, Modern by the Yard editor, sent me an email asking if I had any designs for her for the upcoming issue of the e-zine. I had just got back from three unplanned weeks out in Alberta, staying with my grandson Brady and daughter Brianne after the tragic death of Brady's dad on Father's Day; my husband was still out there. Here is the post where I wrote about it if you missed it. So I looked through my trusty graph paper book (didn't even think of looking in my Quiltography app!) and sent her a few, one of which I'd drawn while living with B&B.
Fractured Pieces, here.
While he drew, I started another design, Framed Star, which is one of the ones I sent to Lisa. I didn't have any size in mind, block maybe? Well, didn't it turn out to be the one she wanted! That, in itself, that I drew it at Brianne's house, with Brady happily making a border and scribbling, no not scribbling, making "a big diamond, Nana," sitting right beside me, gave me a warm fuzzy feeling. Lisa said how about making it as one giant block, like 36" square so I said sure!
|Test quilt - I will write about this one tomorrow but note that the royal blue fabric with silver stars is from an earlier quilt I was supposed to make for then teenage Brianne's new room|
|She has an Art to Heart book coming out with projects using Bree.|
|A quilt or two NEEDS to grow up from this beautiful pile of 'True Friends' fabric right?!|
Back to the newest beautiful fabric at hand, named 'Bree'? No way. Brianne is Brady's mum, always Brianne to us, but...not at her work and amongst most of her friends, however, where she is Bri.
So my second published in a magazine pattern has lots of personal meaning.
Ribbon candy went nicely in the centre frame, and then another larger row of ribbon candy in the next round. I love the effect as it weaves behind the large star points.
|Snort! Had to leave my toes, at the time totally unnoticed, in the photo!|
The back is another great fabric in the line:
Close-up of the label. I did remember, or wait, no, I think I had to go back in after ripping out the binding to add my mmm! quilts label...this quilt had a fair share of ripping. Sometimes things go together tickety-boo, other times, not so much. I do not usually rip out quilting stitches, but I had to here when I'd forgotten to do TWO lines of a frame around ribbon candy, for example.
|That orange/yellow binding works wonderfully with the backing too, doesn't it?|
Pattern: Original design featured in Modern by the Yard
Size: 36.5 X 36.5"
Fabric: Benartex 'Bree' by Nancy Halvorsen
Batting: Warm 'n Natural
Quilted: on my Avanté, Avril (Agh! I keep forgetting to note the stitch count!)
Threads: pieced with Gütermann cotton; quilted with Isacord 40 wt in white 0015 and teal 4421
I haven't decided whether I will sell both of these quilts in my Etsy shop, (no babies in my world right now, sniff, unless you count a new darling grand-kitten. (teaser for the next post; this one's long enough!). However, how I love using these small quilts is taking them to yoga class. I'd rather sit on or cover myself up with my own quilt or blanket, thank you! I've encouraged my students to bring little quilts like this and there are now four of us who regularly do! Love it.
Linking up all over the place this week! Links in the Linky Parties up top, and I'll add to the list below as the week progresses.
Hop over to grab your copy of the e-zine that has the pattern (pretty slick if I do say so myself) for how to piece the huge star points onto the frame, no mitres needed! And if, just if, you need batting for this quick-to-make little gem, Connecting Threads (affiliate link) has a great sale on theirs, which I've taken advantage of, many a time. 30% off. Um I just checked to get the percentage, and the fabric up to 60% off open stock sale is still on as is the 30% off thread sale...gosh the whole dang site seems to have one kind of sale or another going on! And pretty Fall fabrics at 6.96/yard? Like all day long? I may have a month of Sunday stashes with all these sales and we're not even at Black Friday deals yet, egad.
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